SaskEnergy is conducting a controlled natural gas flare near the Saskatoon Airport Tuesday morning.

The flare is located between Circle Drive and Robin Crescent and will run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Driver in the area will see a six-foot flame being emitted from a six-foot flare stack. Sask Energy says the exercise is necessary to help perform scheduled pipeline upgrade work.

The crown corporation says it will release natural gas during this process from the pipeline in a controlled burn. Flaring is required to remove the remaining gas from the line before work can begin. The industry standard procedure could reduce the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent, said Sask Energy in a release.

The area will be supervised during the flare to ensure public safety. A small number of commercial customers will experience a temporary outage and have been notified by SaskEnergy. Natural gas service to the City of Saskatoon will not be affected.